Beatniks vs. Surfers
Comparisons between the L.A. and New York art worlds are persistent and perhaps inevitable. The idea for decades has been that back East, everyone wears black and paints in black because it's all very serious and European and because, you know, gravitas, while out here in L.A. it's all easy and breezy and full of light and riots of color, from tie-dyed jams to tropical flora. This is a seductive trope in part because it's kind of true -- or at least it was. These days everyone is from everywhere and geography is no longer destiny, making this the perfect time to re-examine the issue at Kopeikin Gallery. Curators Amir H. Fallah (an L.A. artist) and Colette Robbins (a NYC artist) have picked their teams and will be making their respective cases. One of the most promising of this summer's big group shows, "Desaturated Rainbow" features 12 artists (including the curators) representing their coasts, with L.A.'s team bringing all the intense color they can find and NYC working those shades of gray like there's no tomorrow. Nevertheless, other factors such as generation, pluralistic personal and popular culture, and a shared taste for hyper-detail and post-punk surrealism intervene to broker an accord before things get out of hand. Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; Sat., July 20, 6-8 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7; free. (310) 559-0800, kopeikingallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 20. Continues through Sept. 7, 2013
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